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Virtustream Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform For Mission Critical Applications To Asia-Pacific Region

Singapore: Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, has announced that its enterprise cloud platform and services for mission critical applications are now available in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and Japan. This offering includes the company’s cloud technology and unique consumption billing model.

The need for enterprise cloud services in the region is increasing. According to published research, by 2020, “IDC predicts the Cloud Systems Infrastructure Services revenue in Asia/Pacific including Japan will reach US$12.9 billion.”

The company is bringing its enterprise cloud platform - built specifically for the mission critical applications that are essential for commerce, customer interaction, and enterprise productivity — to customers in the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) region. Virtustream has established a cloud presence in Sydney and Canberra in order to serve the needs of both the enterprise and public sectors within Australia. This expansion comes on the heels of its recently announced expansion in Japan with regional ICT providers.

The company’s partnership with Dell Technologies is a critical part of its formula for success as it continues to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.

Schmersal Group Names New Leading Manager For Asia

1000xmacf0352 webThe Schmersal Group has appointed Uwe Seeger its Director for Asia Pacific Middle East (APME). In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the further development of markets and for expanding customer relationships in the APME region. To do this, he will be founding new Schmersal Group subsidiaries in the region and expanding the services offered by the new tec.nicum safety services division.

Mr. Seeger also takes over a leading responsibility for the Schmersal factories in India and China. The aim is to achieve an improved integration of these two production sites and to leverage synergies. In this role, he will work closely with Sagar Bhosale, MD of Schmersal India Private Limited Ranjangaon / Pune, and Felix Liu, MD of Schmersal Industrial Switchgear, Shanghai.

DHL eCommerce Launches New Fulfillment Centre In Hong Kong

DHL webSingapore: DHL eCommerce, a division of logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group, has launched a new Fulfillment Centre in Hong Kong, adding to its global fulfillment network in US, Mexico, India, Europe and Australia. Catering to the growing demand for cross-border products in Asia Pacific particularly from the Greater China region, the new Fulfillment Centre will allow e-tailers to move their goods closer to their end customers, responding to their demands of quick and easy delivery.

The Fulfillment Centre, located within DHL Supply Chain's one million sq ft Interlink operation, will primarily work to provide overseas e-tailers with fast and flexible shipping solutions that integrates inbound freight, inventory and last-mile delivery in an one-stop solution. This is crucial to merchants looking to move into the Greater China market, as customs and regulatory regulations very often serve as major setbacks in running a smooth inbound cross-border clearance. Running the products through an established Fulfillment Centre mitigates these risks; and coupled with flexible warehousing, closer proximity to the end consumer and last-mile options, these solutions will help e-tailers successfully leverage the booming e-commerce market.

The centre's design is primed to accommodate three key features of an ideal fulfillment system, accommodating a front-end integration with a range of popular marketplaces and webshop platforms alongside multichannel order management, as well as last-mile solutions for quick and accurate deliveries. With a focus on cost-effectiveness throughout the entire process, all of the centre's services operate on a pay-per use model with no capital spend or fixed costs.

UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone launched From Atop Packages Car

Photograph 1 webSingapore: UPS has announced that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS package car, autonomously delivers a package to a home and then returns to the vehicle while the delivery driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery.

UPS conducted the test in Tampa, Florida, US, with Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer. Workhorse built the drone and the electric UPS package car used in the test.

With Orion, UPS’s On-Road Integrated Optimisation Navigation routing software, a reduction of just one mile per driver per day over one year can save UPS up to US$50 million. UPS has about 102,000 delivery drivers worldwide on the road each day. Rural delivery routes are the most expensive to serve due to the time and vehicle expenses required to complete each delivery. In this test, the drone made one delivery while the driver continued down the road to make another. This is a possible role UPS envisions for drones in the future.

The drone used in for this test was the Workhorse HorseFly UAV Delivery system. It is designed to be a high-efficiency, octocopter delivery drone that is fully integrated with Workhorse’s line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. The drone docks on the roof of the delivery truck. A cage suspended beneath the drone, extends through a hatch into the truck. A UPS driver inside loads a package into the cage and presses a button on a touch screen, sending the drone on a preset autonomous route to an address. The battery-powered HorseFly drone recharges while it is docked. It has a 30-minute flight time and can carry a package weighing up to 10 pounds.

UPS has been testing automation and robotics technologies, including drones, for years. In September 2016, UPS staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly Massachusetts, US, to an island three miles off the Atlantic coast. Additionally, UPS is using drones extensively for humanitarian relief, partnering with third-party organisations to deliver life-saving blood and vaccines to hard-to-reach locations in Rwanda. UPS is also utilising drones to check inventory on high storage shelves in its warehouses.

Unlike all of the previous tests, the most recent UPS drone test shows how drones might assist in making non-urgent residential deliveries as part of the day-to-day operation. Last year, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued small unmanned aircraft systems rules that allow for some commercial use of drones and paved the way for future expanded applications. UPS was one of 35 selected from a cross section of key stakeholders to serve on the FAA’s drone advisory committee. The committee will provide the FAA recommendations on key drone integration issues that will ultimately allow for safe and secure operations of drones within the National Air Space System.

NetApp Names New Chief Marketing Officer For Asia Pacific Region

NetApp webSingapore: NetApp has announced the appointment of Charles R. Manuel to the role of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the Asia Pacific region. Mr Manuel’s appointment comes at a key time where the company is looking to accelerate its Data Fabric vision across Asia Pacific, as local governments and corporations alike make a bigger push towards digital transformation.

Based in Singapore, Mr Manuel will be responsible for continuing to raise the company’s all-flash storage profile through the creation of customer preference and demand for its products, and identifying new growth opportunities for the brand across the region.

He joins the company following a career spanning more than two decades at IBM, where he took on various roles including Head of Channels & Alliances in the cloud business division, and Marketing Leader for the Asia Pacific region. As a result, he brings finely-honed skills in data-driven marketing strategies to grow both new and existing market share.

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